St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is one of the world's premier biomedical research centers. The mission of St. Jude is to find cures for childhood cancer and other catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. It is the world's largest pediatric cancer research center in terms of the number of patients enrolled in a research protocol and successully treated. St. Jude has treated children from all 50 states and from more than 70 foreign countries.
St. Jude treats children regardless of ability to pay. The hospital's daily operating cost is $923,000, which is primarily covered by public contributions. St. Jude is the only pediatric cancer research center where families never pay for treatments that are not covered by insurance, and families without insurance are never asked to pay. During the past five years, 84.9% of every dollar received by St. Jude has gone to the current or future needs of the hospital.
St. Jude impacts the medical field worldwide. Research findings at St. Jude are shared with Doctors and Scientists all over the world. The medical and scientific staff publish about 454 articles in academic journals in 2003. St. Jude has made tremendous advancements in suvival rates. When the hospital opened in 1962, the survival rate for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, the most common form of childhood cancer, was 4%. Today, the cure rate for this once deadly disease is over 80% thanks to research and treatment protocols developed at St. Jude.
St. Jude is a pioneer in its field. St. Jude pioneered a combination of chemotherapy, radiation and , when necessary, surgery to treat childhood cancers. St. Jude continues to expand the uses of bone marrow transplantation and gene therapy as treatments for pediatric cancers and genetic diseases.
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